TRAVELING 2nd FRIDAYS 2019

Mark your calendars the 2nd Friday of each month. It is held at the U-U Congregation, 4027 E. Lincoln Dr. in the sanctuary from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

JANUARY 11 – ECUADOR, ON OUR OWN by Laurel Hardin
In spring of 2016, my husband and I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. As I speak Spanish, we made our own travel, tour and residential arrangements. We found warm, happy people, a variety of micro-climates and exotic animals as we wound our way around this colorful country.

FEBRUARY 8 – LANDSCAPE PHOTO SAFARI by Todd Haughton
Come on a photo safari with landscape photographer Todd Haughton, as he takes you behind the scenes to some of his favorite photo destinations during the past 15-years. During this engaging presentation, Todd will illustrate what it takes to capture the perfect image in spectacular landscapes across North America, that are both on and off the beaten path. Many of his favorite images required waking up hours before sunrise, braving the weather, and/or hiking into a remote destination to capture a landscape under the perfect lighting conditions. For each photograph, he’ll show you the location, explain logistics & tips for photographing the area, and offer sneak peek into his “digital darkroom” used to achieve the final image. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to visit one of Todd’s favorite landscapes during your next photo safari!

MARCH 8 – A SUMMERTIME CRUISE FROM CHILE TO ARGENTINA WITH STOPS IN ANTARCTICA AND SOUTH GEORGIA by Kathy Manker and Bruce Gardner
Kathy Manker and Bruce Gardner will present pictures and tales of their cruise on Seabourn. The cruise was from December 11, 2013 – January 4, 2014. This is summertime in the Southern Hemisphere. See the beautiful coastline of Chile as it changes from lush greenery to glaciers. Enjoy the diverse wildlife and scenery of Antarctica and South Georgia Island during their 32 degree summer season, followed by a return to normal summer in Uruguay and Argentina.

APRIL 12 – Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan by Barbara and Dave Cawthorne
Barbara and Dave explored cities on the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia. They were wealthy countries from large supplies of natural gas and from cotton. They had some of the oldest cities in the world and were the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. In 14C Timur (Genghis Khan’s grandson) ruled the area. It was annexed by the Russian Empire from 1881 to 1991. Come and be amazed by their incredible architecture, interesting history, wonderful people, and the most untouched tourist areas.

MAY 10 – ENGLAND: FROM LONDON AND OXFORD TO DEVON AND CORNWALL by Joy and Bill Mee
Joy and Bill Mee traveled to England in June of 2017 for three weeks. After a few days in London visiting the the Tate Modern Museum, they took a walking tour of Oxford city and university, a river trip and visits to Inspector Morris and Inspector Lewis haunts and Blenheim Palace. Heading west, they visited places from Downton Abbey in Bampton on and off the grounds of Highclere Castle. Moving west into Devon, they visited historic country hotels, Castle Drogos, and the Lanhydrock Estate, near Okehampton, and toured Dartmoor National Park with its Neolithic ruins, sheep, ancient stone formations, and wild horses. Then southwest to the seaport of Falmouth with a Truro River cruise, Lizard Point to hike the coastal trail, St. Ives for historic forts and seacoasts, St. Michael’s Mount for the castle and views, Portcurno for a Shakespeare play on the sea cliffs, Land’s End, Padstow for fish, and places where Poldark roamed. Finally up the west coast of Cornwall to Port Isaac, known to Doc Martin fans as Port Wenn, including an episode of Season VII being filmed and many familiar places from the series. Finally, drove to Tintagel, home of King Arthur’s Castle and a hotel frequented by Doc Martin. They saw beautiful castles and palaces, historic buildings, gardens, seacoasts, and natural beauty with very little rain.

If you have any questions about Traveling 2nd Fridays, call Barbara Cawthorne at (480) 994-1452. Join us for this one-hour presentation and everyone is welcome! Remember: MARK your calendars for the 2nd Friday of each month from January through May.